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Jakarta Post

Decreasing green areas in Jakarta

  • Deden Rukmana

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 17 2008   /  12:37 am

The Jakarta City Council rejected the Jakarta Parks Agency's plan to create green spaces at the expense of 29 different gas stations during final deliberations on the 2008 city budget (The Jakarta Post, March 6, 2008). The proposed budget was slashed by the city council and it is likely to result in a failure to meet the proposed target for green areas in Jakarta to cover 13.94 percent of Jakarta's total 63,744 hectares by 2010. In 1965, green areas made up more than 35 percent of Jakarta and have been shrinking ever since. Currently, green areas in Jakarta account for only 9.3 percent of the city's area, far below the target of 30 percent set by the central government. We must put a stop to disappearing green areas in Jakarta. Green areas are an important urban element that can help make cities self-sustainable and more livable. Annual floods in Jakarta indicat...